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Evangelical Studies Unit

Call for Proposals for November Meeting

Theme for 2024: Evangelicals, Violence, and Nonviolence  

The Evangelical Studies Unit invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels related to the presidential theme, “Violence, Nonviolence, and the Margin.” We welcome papers exploring how this theme manifests within evangelical theology, history, culture, politics, protest, practice, and/or social vision, and are particularly interested in projects that offer constructive and synthetic approaches to suggest new directions for the study of evangelicalism.


Possible framing questions include: What is the relationship between evangelicalism and violence? In what ways do evangelical structures, beliefs, and commitments foster or reject violence? Where are the sites of nonviolent resistance within evangelicalism? How is violence a part of defining the margins and conceptions of belonging within evangelicalism?


We welcome research related to evangelicals and various ways of defining “violence” using a wide array of spiritual, physical, psychological, and cultural resources. Examples of sub-themes include:

  • War
  • Guns
  • Anger, Protest, & Political Engagement
  • Economics and Class Warfare
  • Mission & Evangelism
  • Gender Roles
  • Embodiment & Purity Culture
  • Abortion
  • Sexual Identity
  • Race
  • Immigration
  • Environmental Care

Lastly, the Evangelical Studies Unit and Religion and Politics Unit welcome proposals a joint session that explore evangelical religion, politics, social polarization in the United States. 

Statement of Purpose

The Evangelical Studies Unit promotes critical analysis and innovative thinking around the study of Evangelicalism through multifaceted approaches by fostering dialogue across disciplines and diverse social locations. Unlike many groups aimed at the study of Evangelicalism, there is no confessional expectation or requirement for membership or participation within this Unit.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members